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Greyscale Wines 2017 Merlot

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2017 Merlot
Bottle Size: 750ml, 12/cs
Region: Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, CA


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Oak Knoll District wines Merlot
Tasting Notes:
  • Color: medium garnet
  • Aromas: black cherry, plum, french silk pie, forest floor
  • Palate: blueberry, tobacco leaf, voluptuous body, velvety tannins
Greyscale Wines Oak Knoll District Napa Valley Merlot
  • Grapes

    91% Oak Knoll District Merlot
    7% Malbec
    2% Cabernet Franc

  • Region
    Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, CA
  • Production
    100 cases
  • Alcohol
  • Aging Potential
    Ready to enjoy now or cellar over the next 7+ years.
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Kian Tavakoli
About the Winemaker:
With over 25 years of winemaking, operations and viticultural experience, Kian Tavakoli brings a stellar combination of sensory and production skills to Greyscale Wines. Having graduated with a degree in enology from UC Davis in 1992, Kian spent several years working at wineries in France and Napa Valley before he became assistant winemaker at Clos Du Val, where he ran their red wine program including the highly acclaimed reserve bottlings. Kian’s passion for Bordeaux style wines is the perfect complement to the Greyscale family wine philosophy. He has been Greyscale Wine's only winemaker since they started in 2008.
About the Vineyard:
2017 is the fourth year Greyscale Wines produced a single vineyard Merlot from the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. Located in the southern end of the Napa Valley with cooler temperatures, many believe this region provides the best terroir for producing premium Merlot wine. Because the vineyard is near the Mayacamas Mountain benchland, it has a significant component of alluvial soil which contains organic material making the area quite fertile. It it planted to Merlot Clone 181 that traces its origins to Pomerol in Bordeaux.
Additional Winemaker Notes:
The Merlot expressed traditional red fruit notes with a touch of oak. The wine was fermented in a stainless steel tank and aged in 100% French oak barrels for 22 months. Blending took place in August 2019 where we added Malbec for its plum-like flavors and added fruit intensity. Cabernet Franc for its floral elements.
Read about Jean and Larry's Bordeaux winemaking inspiration on our blog site, The Daily Flight.
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Food Pairing Suggestions:
A well-balanced, food-friendly wine, start (or end!) the evening with a cheese plate including a mix of aged cheddars, Manchego and Parmesan. Surprise and delight your dining companions with meat-based dishes like braised beef, lamb chops and duck breast. Roasted veggies like portobello mushroom and eggplant will work well too. On the grill, pair with salmon, burgers or sausages.
About the Winery
Greyscale Wines Launched in 2009, Jean and Larry Rowe of Greyscale Wines feel they are living their dream. Taking inspiration from Jean's childhood of growing up in the vineyard and their combined world travels to famous wine regions, they turned a dream of making their own wine into a reality. Learn more